Muscle tension is the body’s physical response to distress, and in reverse, relaxing your muscles can help relieve distress.
What is muscle relaxation?
Do you tense up when you feel anxious or stressed? Do you clench your jaw or your fists when you’re under pressure? Muscle tension is the body’s physical response to distress, and in reverse, relaxing your muscles can help relieve distress.
How does it help?
Keeping your baseline of anxiety and stress as low as possible is important to your overall health. Tensing your muscles draws on your energy resources and can exhaust your body, so practicing muscle relaxation regularly throughout the day and the week can help make you feel less tired.
What if I can’t relax my muscles?
If you’ve been very tense for a long time, it may take a while to teach your muscles how to relax. The results may not be instant, but just remember that with each session you’re rewiring your muscles to remember a more peaceful state, which will help you relax faster and for longer in the future.
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